Tell Apple To Free The iPod touch App UpgradeFeb 23rd, 2008 | By James Lewin | Category: iPods & Portable Media Players
Via a comment on our coverage of the iPod touch app upgrade, Jackson let us know about two ways that people are protesting Apple’s $20 charge for the update that adds several apps left off the initial release.
Jackson’s reaction to the $20 update reflects a lot of early buyers’ attitudes:
I am outraged that Apple is charging early buyers of the iPod Touch $20 for a system update that ought to be free.
While I understand Apple‚Äôs decision to charge money for the new applications the new $20 ‚Äúapplication pack‚Äù also includes a SYSTEM UPDATE in the form of the home page editing, web clips, and lyrics features. All of these are updates to the currently existing iPod Touch software and NOT new applications, which means that they ought to be free to all users of the iPod Touch.
Adding insult to injury these applications are all hidden in the 1.1.3 system update, a whopping 104.4mb file that all users must download if they want to fix bugs in the system. These applications can only be used when you pay Apple $20 to ‚Äúunlock‚Äù them, but even if you decide not to buy them they stay on your iPod taking up precious space that could be used for songs, videos, or photos.
Apple is normally wonderful when it comes to providing system support and updates, but having them shaft early adopters and loyal fans like this is offensive and shows that Apple has absolutely no regard for the iPod Touch community.
Think the iPod touch upgrade should be free? Here are ways you can share your thoughts with Apple on this:
You can leave Apple direct feedback here:
You can also sign this petition:
Currently the petition has over 16,000 signatures.